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dation, an organisation that provides free commonwealth networkPostscriptThe Diamond (re)Collection was pre-John’s essay is just one example of the sented to the Queen by John Samson, this year’s Junior Commonwealth Essay Com- petition winner from the Jacaranda Foun- primary, secondary and tertiary educations to orphans in Malawi. In 2012 essays were submitted via the Capsule, and John’s winning piece – ‘The day I wore my best clothes’ – was selected by the judges as one of the 60 best entries. thousands of moving entries submitted to the capsule. Schools, youth groups, community organisations and individuals took part in their thousands and their memories will remain online at www.jubileetimecapsule.org for the public to use as an online education resource about life in the Commonwealth. Her Majesty’s visit was the culmination of this fascinating and thought-provoking project, and we’re certain that, scrolling The Queen talks to pupils who participated in the project from All Saints School in Bootle at the Society’s through the top 60 entries on her way back headquarters (Photo by Capsool/Joe Gardner) to Buckingham Palace, The Queen was the diffi cult task of selecting the top 60 en- art collections in the world – in Windsor overjoyed with the project too. tries from the Time Capsule to be presented Castle. The selection spanned the six dec- to the Queen on the digital tablet, which ades and different regions of the Common- Verity Sharp, Programmes Offi cer, Royal will be held as part of the Royal Collec- wealth, giving a true insight into the wealth Commonwealth Society tion – one of the largest and most important and breadth of the project. Winning words from the Jubilee Time Capsule Junior Commonwealth Essay Competition winner: John Samson, 12 years, Malawi 5 September 2011: The day I wore my I continued to beg on the streets and when they gave me a new school uniform. best clothes sometimes people in the village gave me food. It was the happiest day because I had new My father and mother died when I was very There was a lady in the village who used to give clothes. Now I looked like all the other children. young. I do not remember. I went to live with food to children some days in the I did not look poor like a beggar my relatives in a village very far from town. week. Her name was Mrs Limbani. and no one could tell that I had And then one day, my relatives brought me to I did not have any clothes or HIV. I looked just like everyone a village near a school. They could not look shoes. I wore my old torn clothes else. This day was very special to after me, so I was moved from one relative to that I had for many years. I me. I felt good about myself and another. Then I lived with my uncle. We lived wanted to go to school but I never I think I looked good in my new both of us in a small house. had a uniform. We are not allowed school uniform. I was 8 years old. One day my uncle left and to start school unless we have I am now at the same school. It never returned. He left me alone. a uniform and some copies of is called The Jacaranda School for I did not know what to do. So I started books. I did not have that so I just Orphans. We are 400 orphans at the begging on the streets. People gave me money spent my days begging on the school. It is primary and secondary and I bought food. Before my uncle left he took streets and my nights I went home and then they send us to college. I me to the hospital because I was getting sick to sleep alone in my house. My love my school and I do sports, and a lot. So the hospital gave me medicine that I uncle never came back and when love to dance modern dance called had to take every month. They told me at the I went to my other relatives, they said they did house dancing. We do this all at school. I love art hospital that if I did not take this medicine, I not have money to feed me. too. would die. After I started taking this medicine, I One day I heard that there was a school Now I live with an aunt. The school gives her was not getting sick very much. nearby that was only for orphans and that money every month to buy food for me and The hospital where I took my medicine was everything was free there. We did not have to things like soap. very far, so I had to walk each month to get pay school fees, or buy books or buy a uniform. I do not have to beg on the streets and wear my medicines. I never forgot because I did not The school provided all this. So I went to torn clothes. I still go to hospital to get my want to die. They showed me how to take the ask the school if I could go there. The school medicine by myself, but I now take a minibus. medicine. Four pills each day. But now I take 1 allowed me to start. I was very happy. I really I love my uniform, it is a purple shirt and grey each day. wanted to go to school. Then the day came trousers. And I wear shoes and socks too. globalfirst quarter 2013 www.global-briefing.org l91


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